Sermon Archive

We upload our weekly services to this archive so you can experience them even if you weren’t at the service. You can explore the archive chronologically, by topic, series, or speaker. If you’d like to see what topics we’ll be discussing next, visit our Upcoming Services page.

Words Matter – Part 2

Back in August, we considered all the various ways that our words matter: talking to and about currently marginalized persons; speaking on social media in tiny bites with the goal of stirring the pot instead of finding ground to share. Now let’s look at who we are and who we are called to be. How can the language we use on Sunday mornings and as we represent who we are to others who do not know us yet really describe…

Soul Food

How do you view the food you eat? What thought do you place on the miraculous process that turns pure elements into the plants, fungi, and animals that we depend on for survival? Is food simply dead matter that we assimilate from the bodies of these beings? Or can food itself literally have a spiritual element, a soul even? Join us as we share the thoughts of UU minister Marc Petrequin of the UU Fellowship of Hartford County, along with…

Change is in the Air

The weather has cooled, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are beginning to fall – all signs that the season of Fall is upon us. This morning we’ll explore and celebrate this transitional time and how we can accept, and even welcome, change into our lives – even when we feel satisfied with the status-quo.

Our Bootstraps Will Not Save Us

We are facing a national crisis and our cultural tradition that demands self-reliance and independence in all things is not up to the task. System reform is long and slow. Perhaps the solution to our most recent epidemic lies in The Hundred Acre Wood. Join Rev. Julia Jones for an exploration of the shifts that just might save us from an epidemic of loneliness.

The Worm at the Core

by Stephen Day The American philosopher, William James, dubbed the knowledge that we must die “the worm at the core” of the human condition. While we may not realize it, our subconscious grappling with that reality may shape our daily actions and our relationships with people and the world around us. What can we learn about how to live by facing our fear of death?

Descent to the Dark and the Rising, Defiant Spark

Guest Speaker: Rev. Linda Slabon Renewal often requires a descent into dark places. Just as a seed pushes up from the deep dank soil, we may re-discover ourselves as we emerge from the places where we have been “dissolved and shaken”, as May Sarton observes. Through the words of William Ellery Channing and May Sarton, let us reaffirm the rising, defiant spark that is ours to claim.

Water and Stone Communion

by Chelsea Musson It’s our unofficial start of the church year – the first Sunday after Labor Day when summer is over and everyone has returned from their travels. In this service, we’ll enjoy the homecoming of everyone being together once again and share the spirituality and interconnectedness of water in our Water Communion. 

Power

by Diana Heizer We empower ourselves to uphold our principles. This week, we’ll take a look at power and the ways it influences us and our actions in the world around us.

Words Matter

by Elizabeth Olson What words do we use to describe our unique faith community? How do we choose our words of welcome at every service? What new vocabulary shall we learn in order to show each person the respect they deserve? Some of us are reassured by familiar Judeo-Christian language, while others feel uncomfortable when memories of negative religious experiences are triggered. These are the challenges of one loving community following our shared principles together along many paths.

The Wisdom of Trees

by guest speaker, Rev. Pam Rumancik While all around us, trees live vibrant lives hidden from the perceptions of most people. They breathe, communicate and share with each other and the wider world offering a glimpse of what sustaining interconnection looks like. There is a magical world in the forest – and we might learn quite a lot about how to live sustainably in this world if we simply paid attention to the wisdom they provide.